Powdered arches

Down Ampney, Gloucestershire is the birthplace of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The beautiful village church has a transitional north arcade, c.1200, with very early stiff leaf capitals. The arches are delightfully stencilled with a rather erratic powdering of ochre roses. This decoration is so wonderfully rustic and haphazard, notice the stencilling of the centre arch hasn’t even been completed!

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  1. Despite loving Ralph Vaughan Williams's music, have never visited his birthplace. What a fascinating and enlightening introduction to his father's chuch. The stencilling looks rather timeless: beautiful.

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